The Fellowship Inn

New future for The Fellowship Inn

Phoenix was awarded a multimillion pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore The Fellowship Inn in Bellingham in November 2014.

We developed our initial plans after a public consultation and the grant of £4million was confirmed in October 2016. Full planning permission was awarded by Lewisham Council in November 2016.

Building works at the pub began in 2017 and the new pub will open in 2018.

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The restoration project

The Fellowship Inn is a very large pub built as a family facility during the construction of the Bellingham Estate in the 1920s. It once served as a training base for the heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper and hosted famous music artists, such as Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton, but has since fallen into substantial disrepair.

Our £4million restoration includes the creation of a:

  • cinema
  • live music, theatre and comedy venue
  • cafe
  • pub and microbrewery
  • music hub and rehearsal space

The project will secure the future of the community pub while creating more than 70 jobs and lots of training and volunteering opportunities.

Watch our short film to learn more about the Fellowship Inn and its importance to our community.

Opportunities to get involved

The restoration project includes a range of arts and heritage projects and activities for all the community to get involved with.

We want the restored Fellowship Inn to be a building that the whole community can enjoy. Our public consultation on the restoration proposals ran from May to August 2015 and we received more than 1,400 responses. We used the results of the consultation and worked with architects, Thomas Ford and Partners, to develop plans for the building. You can view our plans below:

Lower ground and ground floor plans
First and second floor plans​​

Our project partners

Our architects, Thomas Ford and Partners, specialise in historic buildings and are experienced in conservation and heritage projects.

The Laine Pub Company has been selected as our operating partner and will take over the running of the venue once the restoration is complete.

Lewisham Music will occupy the upper two floors of the building and deliver the music hub and rehearsal spaces.

Our community arts and heritage projects will be delivered by Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre, The Working Party Theatre Company and Stitches in Time.

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